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Rhapsody in (Red, White &) Blue: Celebrating American Composers

NC State Department of Music
Event organized by NC State Department of Music

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Where else but in America could a gay Jewish composer from Brooklyn (Aaron Copland) create the “American" sound of cowboys and the Wild West?

The Raleigh Civic Symphony explores the diverse voices, influences and backgrounds that make American music truly unique. From traditions as diverse as jazz, country, rock ’n’ roll and Greek folk music, the concert is a cross-section of the wealth and breadth of the American experience.

The program includes George Gershwin’s beloved Rhapsody In Blue (with guest soloist UNC faculty pianist Clara Yang), Aaron Copland’s spacious Outdoor Overture and the neo-Romantic lyricism and power of Christopher Theofanidis’s Rainbow Body. In an “up to the minute” reflection of American music and life, the orchestra performs the World Premiere of Actions Speak… by Jessica Meyer, a breathtakingly visceral look at the human condition in today’s America.